Steve Jobs To Officially Kick Off Panther-Unveiling WWDC With Keynote

Apple made it official today by announcing that Steve Jobs will be giving the keynote of the address at this yearis World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC). The WWDC is Appleis annual gathering of developers designed to offer training, a close look at new technology, access to some of Appleis own engineers, and in some ways provide a rallying point for Mac developers.

This yearis WWDC is also going to include the unveiling of the next major version of Mac OS X, which is dubbed "Panther." The timing of the event was apparently important enough to Apple to have caused the company to move it back to June 23-27 from its usual May schedule in order to accommodate the Panther unveiling. With any major revision of Mac OS X, getting the community of developers on board (and behind) new technologies included in the upgrade is of paramount importance to its successful rollout.

Other changes in this yearis WWDC include the integration of QuickTime track content that has previously been included in the QuickTime Live! Conference, a brand new Enterprise Track, and a move from San Jose to San Franciscois Moscone Center.

Apple today announced that Steve Jobs will kick off its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote on Monday, June 23, 2003, beginning at 10:00 a.m. (PDT) at San Francisco?is Moscone West.

The five-day event, which runs from June 23-27, will feature more than 170 scheduled in-depth technical sessions with new content designed to serve a wider range of Mac developers, including a dedicated track for QuickTime developers and content creators.

Other activities at Appleis WWDC 2003 include:

  • WWDCis first Enterprise IT Track specifically designed for enterprise developers, system administrators and IT managers so they can fully leverage the open source and open standards approach at the base of Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server and Xserve technologies;
  • a completely new QuickTime Track for developers and content creators looking to exploit the power, quality and scalability of QuickTime and MPEG-4;
  • expanded labs with the latest Mac systems where developers can port and test their code and get technical assistance from the Apple engineers directly responsible for the technologies;
  • comprehensive sessions providing a roadmap and technical information on Apple Developer Tools, Application Frameworks, Core OS, Hardware, Graphics and Imaging; and
  • special events and activities such as the Apple Design Awards, Apple Campus Bash, WWDC Exhibit Fair and Special Interest Groups.

Cost & Registration
The cost of the five-day conference is US$1,295 per attendee through May 23, and US$1,595 per attendee thereafter. Visit Appleis WWDC Web site for registration, pricing and complete session details at

Thereis a lot more information on the WWDC at the eventis Web sites.